President Obama, seen here in North Chesterfield, Va., last week, is on a campaign swing through the West this week, making stops in California, Nevada and Colorado — states with significant Hispanic populations.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leads a tour inside the men's central jail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles in 2004. Baca is accused of ignoring inmate abuse by his deputies.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says he's already cleared as many as 4,000 beds in the county for the new group of prisoners, and he plans to use more home detention and electronic-monitoring systems.
Parents bring their children to school near a mosque at the Islamic Center of San Diego, Sept. 19, 2001. The current head of the center says before Sept. 11 the Muslim community was insular. He now hosts interfaith meetings and participates in community groups.
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Correctional Officer Lt. Christopher Acosta turns on a television in a cell in the Secure Housing Unit at Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif., on Aug. 17. State prison officials allowed the media to tour Pelican Bay's SHU, where inmates are isolated.
Demonstrators hold up a sign during a rally in front of the State Building in San Francisco on July 1 to support prisoners at Pelican Bay State Prison. Inmates in an isolation unit at the prison went on a hunger strike to protest conditions they describe as inhumane. The hunger strike later spread to other facilities.
Young female soccer players in the U.S. are ready for some new idols, like defender Rachel Buehler and forward Abby Wambach of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team.
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Scott Wippert, attorney for murder defendant Brandon McInerney, speaks to media outside a California court. McInerney, 17, is being tried as an adult for the February 2008 slaying of 15-year-old Larry King.
Businesses are surrounded by floodwater as the Souris River crests Sunday in Minot, N.D. The river surpassed its 1881 record level of 1,558 feet above sea level, flooding an estimated 4,000 homes in Minot.
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